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Chapada Diamantina Travel Guide


Chapada Diamantina is a protected national park comprising the flat topped Sincora mountains, grassy plains, hidden waterfalls and ethereal caves. Although fairly little known outside of Brazil, it is a paradise for the outdoor adventurer with some fantastic hiking, swimming holes, thousands of waterfalls, amazing views and streams so clean you can drink the water. There are a handful of small former mining villages in the area that have changed little since the end of the diamond mining boom. Charming Lençóis is one of these villages and the best place from which to access the park.

Still relatively little visited, Chapada Diamantina rewards the intrepid traveler with spectacular flat top mountains, cascading waterfalls and coloured caves

Best months to visit Chapada Diamantina

Chapada Diamantina can be visited at any time of year. November until March, however, is the wet season which usually means frequent showers but also some good weather. This is still a popular time to go because temperatures are high and the waterfalls and rivers are at their most impressive. The drier part of year is from April until October which make good months to visit. You should expect some rain at any time of year.

Our hand-picked accommodation in Chapada Diamantina

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below is our favourite hotel and the best option in Chapada Diamantina.

Best reasons to visit Chapada Diamantina

Chapada Diamantina is one of Brazil’s best kept secrets and a paradise for lovers of outdoor pursuits. Below are our top experiences and best reasons to visit.

Try your hand at rappelling

Visit the Serrano Pools and Coloured Sand Caves

Marvel at the strange formations of the Lapa Doce Caves

Go mountain biking across the rugged terrain

Visit the Cachoeira da Fumaça, Brazil’s tallest waterfall

Weather Averages for Chapada Diamantina

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